Stormwater Utility Fee
Apply for the Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Program
From December 1st through February 15th, you can apply for credit towards your 2024-2025 SWU fees! To learn more about the different practices that are eligible for a SWU fee credit, view the updated SWU Credit Manual.
To apply online for credits, please follow these steps:
1.) Go to the real estate assessment website here: Real Estate Assessment Search
2.) Type in your property details and click search.
3.) Click "Tax and Fee Info" button. This will take you to a new page.
4.) Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. It will look like the below screenshot.
5.) Click "Apply for Stormwater Utility Credit" and fill out the application. Our team will be in correspondence with you to let you know the status of your application.
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The Stormwater Utility Fee was adopted to provide a dedicated funding source for existing stormwater management services and new capital projects to reduce sediment and nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorous) pollution into our local waterways, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. It is just one part of the City's larger Eco-City Clean Waterways Initiative.
On November 9th, 2022, the City Council approved the latest Stormwater Utility Credit Manual. The manual provides a menu of credit options per property type. Please read through your property type menu to see what current and new credits are available for you to implement and apply for during the credit application window which starts December 1st and ends February 15th.
Funds raised by the Stormwater Utility Fee go toward street sweeping; leaf pickup; operation and maintenance of public stormwater infrastructure and separate storm sewer system; stormwater quality initiatives; compliance with our MS4 stormwater permit; plan review; and our flood management program.
Several Stormwater Infrastructure Projects are underway to help the City meet State and Federal MS4 stormwater mandates, while City Drainage and Flooding Projects mitigate drainage issues in problem areas. The City focuses on the use of green infrastructure and other stormwater best management practices (BMPs), and stream channel maintenance and restoration strategies to address stormwater infrastructure concerns.
How Do I Appeal my SWU Fee?
You may request an adjustment to the fee if there is an error on your bill. Appeals are due June 15th within 30 days of billing.
Pay your stormwater utility fee even if you’ve submitted an appeal, because payments are applied first to fees, then to any prior period outstanding balance. This may cause late payment penalty and interest to the assessed on the current tax and fees, if the total due is not paid by the respective due date of the real estate property tax bill.
Once you’ve submitted an appeal, the City will review and make a determination upon the receipt of a complete application, including any additional information requested by the City. If a petition to adjust your fee is approved, you will receive a revised bill or payment credit. There are two ways to apply for a appeal.
If you have any questions, please contact Stormwater@alexandriava.gov